Beach Bag Essentials

Summer’s finally here and at Benenati Foot & Ankle Centers we want to know, is there a beach day in your future? A seaside vacation is very enjoyable but, there can be potential hazards for your feet and ankles. Packing a few key items in your beach bag will help prevent podiatric problems and ensure fun days in the sun.

Flip flops/water shoes—it may seem like a short walk from the parking lot to the beach or across the sand to the perfect beach blanket spot, but the asphalt and sand absorb maximum heat from the sun and can burn the soles of your feet very quickly. Slip on shoes you can wear to the restrooms or the changing area will also protect your feet from coming in contact with fungal infections like athlete’s foot that are spread by direct contact. Finally, keeping your feet covered will also prevent cuts and puncture wounds from sharp objects hidden in the sand.

Sunscreen—a bad sunburn on your feet can sideline you for several days. Always use a water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher that protects your skin from both UVA and UVB radiation. Reapply every two hours and after every swim.

Sneakers—frisbee, paddle ball, and volleyball can all be fun at the beach but playing on shifting sands with flip flops can easily result in an ankle sprain or another injury.

Vinegar/baking soda—these can be used to relieve pain and swelling caused by a jellyfish sting. Be aware that even a jellyfish that has washed up on the shore can still sting you. If you step on a jellyfish by accident, gently removing the tentacles (being careful to protect your hands) and then apply the baking soda or vinegar. If the area does not heal within a few days, make an appointment at our Macomb, MI (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores, MI (586) 779-6140 or Warren, MI (586) 756-3338 office. Our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, and Dr. Adam Thompson will examine the injured area and determine if an infection has set in.

 

New School Shoes Checklist

At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we know that parents are busy getting their children ready to go back to school. One annual ritual that happens at this time of the year is the back-to-school shoe shopping trip.

Shoe Tips for Runners

At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we know that the right shoes for a runner can maximize performance and minimize your risk for injury.

Back to School Tips to Keep Your Feet Healthy

Whether you are a mom ready to kick back after a busy summer or a teacher doing last minute prep for the classroom, the school year is almost here. With the school year about to kick off, it is a good idea to add shoes to your shopping list. With...

6 Ways To Take Better Care of Your Feet

At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we want to help patients take good care of their feet and ankles to ensure an active and pain-free lifestyle. Below are six steps you can take to protect and improve the health of your feet.

Vacation Do’s and Dont's for Happy Feet

At Benenati Foot and Ankle Care Centers, we find that many patients don’t think much about their feet when planning a summer getaway. Below are some do’s and don’ts for ensuring that your trip is foot and ankle problem-free.

5 Ways To Prevent Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is spread by direct contact. In the summer months, there are more opportunities for adults and children to be barefoot and therefore a greater risk of getting athlete’s foot.

5 Scary Reasons Why Flip Flops Destroys Your Feet

When the weather starts to warm up, the wardrobe begins to change. Instead of the jackets and scarves, out come the tank tops and shorts. With the changes come up top comes the summertime footwear. Slip out of your boots and into some lighter shoes....

Gout Affects More Men than Women

This month we recognize as Men’s Health Month. At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, that gives us a chance to highlight a podiatric condition whose highest risk category is men between the ages of 40 and 60: gout.

6 Reasons To Call a Podiatrist

At Benenati Foot and Ankle Care Centers, we would always rather see our patients on the side of caution when it comes to dealing with lower extremity pain and discomfort.

Myths about Skin Cancer

here are over 5 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed each year in the United States and that number continues to rise. The irony of this is that skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of the disease.
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